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More and more I’ve been realizing that to be “the best” at a particular skillset rarely means you will be “the most successful”, because to find success means you need to be reasonably well rounded in a variety of disciplines that include an ability to hit deadlines, focus on projects you did not conceptualize yourself, sell your personality to other people, cooperate well with others, and communicate clearly. The person caught on the idea that “most solid technical proficiency” equals “most successful” will in many cases focus a disproportionate amount of energy on honing a skill rather than using it in practical application and then get frustrated that people who “aren’t as good as them” are the ones who ultimately get the jobs.

It’s sort of like if you’re distributing stats on your RPG character, one person puts all their points in strength, the other spreads them between strength, charisma, and speed, neither person has more points, one just sacrificed maxing out one area to focus on rounding out other useful skills.

This is not to discourage people who want to follow that journeyman path and be the best there is at what they do, because that’s certainly an admirable mountain to climb as well. Just don’t buy into that idea that you have to win a “Best Artist” race to find success, or make the comic you want to, or apply for jobs, or really make any of the projects you want to happen get off the ground. And you know, if you’re struck with the urge to tear someone successful down for not being “as good” as you, consider the other disciplines they had to hone to complete their project and get people to consume it.

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